Strong performances in C-Tech dinghy masts aids company’s success
The 2012-2013 season is proving to be a very successful period for C-Tech in the world of dinghy racing, says Lyn Holland, director of the Auckland-based specialist manufacturer of carbon fibre masts, booms, prods and poles for racing dinghies, sports boats and multihulls.
Holland says: “Over this past year we are delighted to have seen the greatest number of C-Tech masts playing a role in a range of top 20 results, including our own skiffs:
- 2013 12ft Skiff Interdominions – the C-Tech 12s were placed 3rd and 4th; 14 of the top 20 used C-Tech rigs
- 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs – the C-Tech 18 placed 4th; five of the top 10 used C-Tech rigs
- C-Tech masts have won the OK Worlds five years running; the 2013 winner was Roger Blasse and nine of the top 10 used C-Tech masts
- For three consecutive years the Moth European Champs have been won by Chris Rashley using a C-Tech mast and boom
“Our product’s role in this kind of success is very pleasing to see.”
Holland notes that through this period, the company’s sales were 75% export.
“Making up this figure were sales to Australia (19%), Europe (54%), USA (15%), Middle East (6%) and rest of world (6%).
“Our sales in Australia have increased as contestants using C-Tech products achieved great results in regattas. C-Tech has a strong presence in 12ft and 18ft Skiffs, OK Dinghies, Contenders and now also the NS14 class.
“Changes to our product line-up over the last three years, which have generated more mast and tube sales, have also led to sales in new export markets such as the Middle East.”
Holland says C-Tech is going from strength to strength with a wide range of carbon fibre products being manufactured for different industries.
“Through contacts in the marine sector, C-Tech has recently developed a relationship with the Triple 8 Racing/Red Bull Australia V8 Supercar racing team, manufacturing a carbon fibre pit boom for use in tyre changes.”
C-Tech also maintains its focus on carbon fibre sail battens.
“In 2007, C-Tech supplied battens to every America’s Cup team,” Holland says. “With the introduction of wing sails on the AC72 catamarans our contribution was reduced, supplying the jib battens, but no mainsail battens. But moving on from the traditional mandrel-wrapped manufacturing process, C-Tech has been kept busy this year manufacturing control components for several of the America’s Cup teams.”
The remainder of 2013 looks like being a busy time for the C-Tech team as further C-Tech-powered race results help generate additional sales queries while new product concepts and designs help the company explore potential sales in new export markets.